Education Programme

“For the third year running, over 1500 children across Derry and Strabane were introduced to jazz through Live Music Now’s schools programme in the run-up to the festival.

Between March and May, pupils at over 12 primary schools will receive jazz taster performances, delivered by some of Northern Ireland’s finest young musicians, including bassist Jack Kelly and guitarist Joseph Leighton.

The short performances will be interactive and fun, including familiar jazz standards, and will be a perfect introduction to jazz for wee ones, as well as showcasing our local young talent as aspirational role models.

Since 2017 the programme has reached over 5000 children, with an enthusiastic response from pupils and teachers alike.

‘The opportunity for our pupils to experience a less familiar genre of music was invaluable to us. Pupils are familiar with genres such as pop, country, classical but jazz is something they have little experience of.’ Newbuildings PS, 2018

Live Music Now is the leading outreach and musicians’ development charity, which places outstanding young musicians in a range of community and healthcare settings. For more information or for your school to register interest please email

The Festival also held several workshops during the Festival at Foyle College, Lumen Christi College and Rosemount, Steelstown & Ardmashee Primary Schools. Thanks to the schools and our amazing jazz bands – Heavy Beat Brass Band, Jaydee Brass Band, The Jive Aces and The Red Stripe Band!